Saturday, December 3

Dinner for Schmucks: Present Continuous

The opening scene of this movie is memorable and perfect for beginners to practice the present continuous tense. The instructions of the game are simple, but you had better model it, instead of giving the instructions in written form.


I. Divide the class into groups of 3 students. Watch the movie segment and take notes of all the leisure activities the mice are doing in that afternoon.

II. Get together with your group and write down as many sentences as you can, saying what the mice are doing. You have 10 minutes to do it.

III. Read all your sentences to the class. Every sentence with both correct grammar and information, according to the segment, scores 1 point. The winner is the group that scores most points.

IV. You may watch the segment again to check whether the leisure activities are correct.


I. Cut the sentences into slips and place them in a box.

II. students take turns to pick up a sentence and mime it to their own group. The group has 15 seconds to guess the correct sentence and score a point.

V. Talk to a partner:

1. Which activities you saw in the segment do you like to do in your leisure time?

2. Which ones don't you like to do?